From Dennis

Journey to the cross

“The Spirit compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, where he was tempted by Satan for forty days.
He was out among the wild animals and the angels took care of him.” Mark 1 verses 12 & 13.

Jesus’ ministry began in the wilderness.
This was not a comfortable retreat or rest; from the
An opportunity to get away from all the stress.
No – this was a preparation for the ultimate test.

Forty days and forty nights to contemplate and pray.
Three years of ministry ahead before that fateful day.

What kind of Messiah did they expect? Would they understand?
Could he select twelve disciples and unite them into a band
That would form the church to bear his name?
To bring hope to the world after that day of shame?

Often, in those three years, Jesus would go away
To isolated spots, alone, to pray.
He did so three times on the night of his arrest,
In the garden of Gethsemane.
Obeying the will of his Father, acknowledging He knew best,
He died for you and me.

Good Friday? Or bad? Nailed to a cross of wood;
Our Saviour crucified!
Yet on the third day He rose, as He said He would;
Jesus alive – even though He had died!
Victory from the jaws of defeat,
A reminder to the disciples of all that He said;
They must now spread the gospel complete –
Death overcome – God’s kingdom lies ahead.

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Mark 8 verse 34.

Each year we have Lent
Forty days leading up to the Easter event.
Forty days for us to contemplate and pray.
What are you contemplating and praying about today?

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